2017 MEET UP DETAILS

The Womxn’s Creative Industries Meet Up is an interactive, resource-sharing event that brings together current and aspiring media makers, especially young womxn of color, to realize a pathway in media arts and to deepen their sense of creative resistance within their art practice.

Together we’ll explore how womxn work toward equity in the local creative economy. Participants will hear their stories, ask questions, and engage in dialogue around developing strategies for their own practice and engaging with each other in this work. There will be time for connecting with each other and experiencing the power of intercultural and intergenerational learning for collective transformation.

SCHEDULE

12pm Doors open, check in, explore resource area

12:30pm What's Poppin Ladiez?! Film screening and Q&A with Angel Langley

1:30pm Gatekeepers of discourse: Who gets to write about the arts? Multimedia journalist and dance artist Imana Gunawan curates a panel of WOC media and arts professionals talking about the relationship between media publications and the Seattle arts landscape, as well as its implications on artists of color.

Featuring:

Reagan Jackson (writer of God, Hair, Love, and America, contributor to Seattle Globalist and Black Girl Nerds blog)

Jordan Alam (Founder of pan-Asian American Project As[I]Am, writer, doula)

Gabrielle Nomura Gainor (Co-artistic director of Relay Dance Collective, writer at SeattleDances, media relations at Seattle Opera)

Moderated by Luzviminda Uzuri “Lulu” Carpenter

2:15pm Wrap up with resources and connect with others

FEATURING

 
 Photo by Naomi Ishisaka

Photo by Naomi Ishisaka

HOSTED BY

LUZVIMINDA UZURI “LULU” CARPENTER, #LULUNATION

Luzviminda Uzuri “Lulu” Carpenter (aka Ms. Lulu) is a Resident Artist and Performance Studies Teacher at Seattle Girls’ School, Producer and Talk Show Host for #LuluNation and the Crew, and an Independent Advisor and Contractor for organizations such as Gender Justice League.  She is a performance artist, producer, event planner, promoter, consultant, and community organizer as well as a cultural worker and cultural strategist who utilizes art and education to prevent violence with youth, young adults, and other marginalized communities. She integrates the ideas of somatics (body), voice, art, performance, radio, and media justice through building curriculum and practices to empower students to take ownership and (re)create their image. She has worked and organized within the state of Washington for over 22 years and promoted and performed for over 12 years in Seattle and King County with community organizations, such as Ladies First Project of Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA), VoicesRising, Asian Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center (now APIChaya), and Pinay sa Seattle (now GABRIELA-Seattle). She was an ambassador for OnTheBoards (OTB) to make connections between community, social justice, and innovative art and performances. Also, she is a former Co-Chair and Commissioner with the City of SeattleLGBT Commission and former consultant at Roots Young Adult Shelter

 

 Photo by Chris Lee Hill

Photo by Chris Lee Hill

PRESENTING

ANGEL ALVIAR-LANGLEY (AKA ‘MOONYEKA)

is a queer Filipina-American street-styles dancer who utilizes art creation and organizing to realize a more inclusive and intersectional world for the communities she comes from.

Her current projects include “WHAT’S POPPIN’ LADIEZ?!” an ethnographic research project and community event series focused on the female popping experience and BASTOS (2017) -- meaning "rude" or "disrespectful" sa tagalog, is an archipelago/collection of experiences exploring Filipinx diaspora, ancestral memory, kapwa , and circumstance, walang hiya.

 Moonyeka is also a choreographer and dancer of Au Collective – a dance collective that puts women, queer folks, and POC at the forefront. As a street dancer, Moonyeka participates in local and national dance battle competitions and exhibitions and was recently an invitee to MEMPHIS vs EVERYBODY battle and QUEEN OF THE HILL exhibition.

When not battling, Angel is a teaching artist for Arts Corps + Spectrum Dance Theater, helps runs an open dance session (VIBE) for immigrant youth at Yesler Terrace, and coaches REMIX – a young brown girl competition team.

Also, as a team member of Moksha, a Seattle art space and local boutique owned by Karleen Ilagan and Robin Guilfoil, Moonyeka expands her artistry outside of dance by supporting Moksha’s mission to foster the next generation of Seattle artists through event curation and creative direction.  Moonyeka is a DANCE CRUSH selected by Seattle Dances, the  2017 Tina LaPadula Fellowship recipient, Ubunye Project 2017 contributor, Mary Gates Leadership awardee and George Newsome Humanitarian scholar.

PANEL

GATEKEEPERS OF DISCOURSE: WHO GETS TO WRITE ABOUT THE ARTS?  

Multimedia journalist and dance artist Imana Gunawan curates a panel of WOC media and arts professionals talking about the relationship between media publications and the Seattle arts landscape, as well as its implications on artists of color.

Featuring:

Reagan Jackson (writer of God, Hair, Love, and America, contributor to Seattle Globalist and Black Girl Nerds blog)

Jordan Alam (Founder of pan-Asian American Project As[I]Am, writer, doula)

Gabrielle Nomura Gainor (Co-artistic director of Relay Dance Collective, writer at SeattleDances, media relations at Seattle Opera)

Moderated by Luzviminda Uzuri “Lulu” Carpenter